WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement calling for national Voter ID requirements, which he is urging his colleagues in Congress to pass alongside his Verifiable, Orderly, & Timely Election Results (VOTER) Act. Senator Scott’s VOTER Act establishes uniform standards for vote-by-mail systems across the country, ensures the timely and efficient counting of ballots, protects against fraud, and ties federal funding for local election officials to compliance with these requirements.

 

Senator Rick Scott said, “This election has shown we need major reforms to our election systems, including Voter ID laws across the nation, to protect against fraud and rebuild the American people’s trust in fair outcomes. I filed the VOTER Act this fall because I feared there would be issues this cycle with the influx of mail-in voting and a lack of standards in many states. If states fail to comply with these common sense measures, they won’t receive federal funding for elections. It’s that simple. Florida’s election system works well, and my goal is to make sure what works in my state is incorporated into election systems across the country so voters decide the outcomes of elections – not the courts.”

The VOTER Act:

  • Establishes uniform standards for mail-in voting in federal elections
    • Defines deadlines to request and return vote-by-mail ballots
      • Mail-in ballots must be requested at least 21 days before a federal election
      • Mail-in ballots must be returned and received by the time polls close on Election Day
  • Protects the integrity of federal elections with fraud prevention measures 
      • Requests for mail-in ballots must enable the local elections official to confirm the requester’s identity, voter registration, and registered address
      • Mail-in ballots must include an attestation that the voter:
        • Is the person to whom the mail-in ballot was sent, and
        • Will not attempt to vote in-person after voting by mail
      • Voter rolls provided to physical polling locations must identify which registered voters received a mail-in ballot to enable poll workers to inquire about the mail-in ballot if the individual appears in-person to vote
      • Prohibits the possession of another person’s mail-in ballot, with limited exceptions for immediate family members and caregivers
  • Promotes the timely reporting of election results
    • Requires voting precincts to report the total number of in-person and mail-in ballots received one hour after polls close to identify the total universe of votes to be counted in the election
    • Requires all eligible ballots to be counted and reported within 24 hours after polls close on Election Day to promote certainty in the outcome of a federal election


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